Did God Overhear That?

Did God Overhear That?

When I was very young, I had this idea that the word “Amen” was like hanging up a phone at the end of a conversation. Sometimes I would realize it had been a long time since I ended a prayer but I had forgotten to hang up the line. Then I’d start to worry about what else I might have said on that open line to God. Oh no, what did he overhear?! I can smile at my childish thoughts now, but sometimes we Christians can live as though this mistaken belief is true.

Do you ever sing along to a song on the radio containing lyrics that would shock your grandmother? Do you ever participate in a joking conversation that sinks into lewdness? Do discussions at work slip into gossip about a particular co-worker? I don’t ever intend to do things like this, but sometimes they just happen.

If I stopped to realize that Jesus, the pure and holy Son of God was listening to every word that escapes my lips, would I alter the words I choose to speak? As believers, the Holy Spirit lives inside us. That means God hears every word that escapes our lips and every thought that doesn’t.

Wow, that’s a scary thought, isn’t it? I’m going to need a LOT of help with this one. Thankfully the Bible comes through for me again, giving me scriptures that I can learn to help me improve my behavior. I can even turn them into prayers when asking God to help me in this area. Here are two that I plan to use:

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. - Psalms 141:3 (NKJV)

He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
- Proverbs 13:3 (NKJV)

I pray the Holy Spirit will help me learn to use my words to glorify God. Will you join me in this? He has given us eternal life – let’s praise Him!